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It is public knowledge that I am one of those public school moms switched homeschooling moms. Though I have to say I have not regretted our new choice of education for a second I can attest to the fact that the struggle to make homeschooling work in a house that is already busting at the seams with craziness is real. Our whole struggle mainly pivoted around the whole picking curriculum, finding a routine, figuring out ways to keep the younger ones occupied while the older child did his work, finding a way to make sure my housework was getting done and well the list could go on. Let’s just say that it was and sometime is a bit overwhelming.
Yet, I am reminded when it all gets to be a bit to much how important my job is.
I am reminded how long I desired these crazy and insanely busy days.
Though the struggle is real it is also a real blessing.
Accepting the calling to be a homeschool parent is more then just deciding to buy some books, picking up a few supplies and taking endless trips to the library. It is a daily living testimony of what we are willing to do to better our children’s lives. It is a reminder for our children when they get older of the desire we had to mold them into the people that God wanted them to be. Yes, being a homeschooling parent is more then just pencils, papers, grading, flash cards and field trips.
It’s about building memories.
It’s about building an unbreakable bond among the family.
It’s about allowing yourself to shed away yourself doubt and allow yourself to let instinct kick in.
It’s about developing a unique relationship with your child as you both learn together.
So what about those days when we simply can not get over the overwhelming feeling?
I would be lying if I didn’t say that there are days that is still all seems like to much. Truly there are days that I feel as though I have a million things going on in my mind and in my home. There are times I want to run screaming for the hills. After all I am human right?
That is when I must remind myself to:
- Stop and breathe: Too many times I overthink myself. I over analysis what it is I am doing. We can be our own worst enemies. Those little voices in our head can often times cause us more harm then good.
- Allow God to guide your school sessions: Just like any other time we are serving our family we need to allow God to lead. Don’t be afraid to stop a session that is taking a turn for the worst to simply pray together.
- Seek out other homeschooling moms: I can not tell you how invaluable my conversations with like minded homeschooling moms have helped me to regroup after a long day. Not to mention more experienced homeschooling moms and moms who themselves have been homeschooled are such a well of valuable information.
- Refuse to give up: For every bad day I have found there are double that amount in good days. It may see like all our efforts are failing and falling on deaf ears but really they are absorbing something.
I know the homeschooling struggle is real. I also know that the homeschooling struggle is worth it. Hang in there.
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